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Some Norwegian “Type Anaphora” are Surface Anaphora

  • Helge Lødrup (a1)


The Norwegian pronoun det ‘it, that’ is basically third person neuter singular. Under certain conditions, it can have antecedents that are not neuter singular (for example, Marit kjøpte en kyllingDetkjøpte John også ‘Marit bought a chicken.masc—John bought one too’). Used this way, the pronoun does not refer to the same object as its antecedent; Borthen 2003 refers to it as a “type anaphor.” This article argues that type anaphora are not a unitary phenomenon. There are two groups with very different properties. One group realizes what was called surface anaphora in Hankamer & Sag 1976. The other group has a generic or eventive interpretation.*


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Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo, Pb 1102, Blindern, N-0317 Oslo, Norway, []


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